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2014 Chevrolet Impala Debut

Chevrolet gets ready to reboot the Impala.


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What's New

We’ve now seen the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and consider us impressed. The official press photos show a busy, sculptured design with hints of Camaro and Malibu, but with a new wide, front grille. In person, the design language appears less contrasting and smoother in transitions. It’s a good looking car, in fact, perhaps nicer than the Buick Lacrosse. Don’t think Chevy skimped on the interior either—the bowtie brand didn’t, and it’s stunning. Not German-level stunning, but beautiful nonetheless with quality, soft-touch materials and spacious, ergonomic features. This could be the start of something great…

Who It's For

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala targets those who would otherwise be shopping for a Toyota Avalon or Ford Taurus. This is a tricky sell, as up until now, the Impala has been primarily a rental-fleet darling. To shake that reputation, Chevy is arming the 2014 Impala with a wide variety of engine options, safety equipment, and truly standout styling. But perhaps most importantly, the interior on the new Impala is finally worth viewing. With a modern design, high-quality materials and plenty of standard and optional features, the Impala makes an excellent case for itself.

Key Features

There's a lot of high-tech behind the new styling on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. In addition to the higher-quality materials and eye-catching style, Impala buyers can find:

  • A choice of three engines: a 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder; a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder with eAssist hybrid technology expected to deliver 35 mpg on the highway; or a 303-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine. All drive the front wheels.
  • Advanced safety systems are everywhere, including active cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, collision alert and braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.
  • A quiet interior that uses traditional sound-deadening techniques, plus active noise cancellation.
  • Chevrolet MyLink, which includes Bluetooth audio streaming and an 8-inch dash-mounted display.

What We Think

If Chevy is hoping to break through the rental-car image with the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, they're well on their way. The new Impala is something of a sleeper hit. Benefiting from low expectations? Maybe, but we know a good car when we see one, and we're very curious to see if it's as nice to drive as it is to look at.

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